From time to time, everyone struggles with anxiety for one reason or another. It is entirely natural to worry during stressors such as discovering unexpected expenses, approaching project deadlines, speaking publicly, or contemplating monumental decisions. When that worry is a constant factor in one’s life; however, it could indicate a crippling condition.
Whether they are phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, or other anxiety disorders, these mental disorders can potentially hamper one’s ability to live their life as they please. Women develop anxiety disorders only slightly more frequently than men. Race appears to have no influence on susceptibility to anxiety disorders. This mental illness impedes the quality of life of about forty million American adults every year and is the most common mental illness in the United States.
At Dayton Medical center, we strongly believe it is important for Miami anxiety disorder sufferers to realize that their symptoms are not their fault. Anxiety disorders may be caused by a wide variety of factors including brain activity, genetics and various environmental factors. However, absolutely none of them are related to personal failings.
Similar to other widespread illnesses, anxiety disorders may be caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. The brain chemicals, or neurotransmitters, that influence mood include serotonin, norepinephrine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Prolonged or severe stress can influence those balances.
In addition to differing brain chemistry, those with anxiety disorders may also possess differing brain activity than those who do not have an anxiety disorder. They may have temporary variances in both blood flow and brain metabolism.
Though anxiety can certainly cause one to suspect differently, there are very few diseases that can produce an anxiety disorder. While some diseases can imbalance the aforementioned neurotransmitters and consequently produce anxiety, treating the underlying condition will typical prevent any further anxiety.
Just as traits ranging from height, eye color or even a high risk of high blood pressure can be inherited; a high susceptibility to anxiety disorders appears to be hereditary. Parents and immediate family members may pass on anxiety disorders. Furthermore, children who witness frequently anxious parents may become more prone to developing anxiety disorders in the future. A Miami doctor can help you determine what side effects you might be having.
Additionally, a trauma could potentially provoke an anxiety disorder in predisposed individuals. However, not everyone who suffers a trauma will inevitably develop an anxiety disorder. Moreover, even those without a genetic susceptibility to anxiety disorders may develop them through environmental circumstances alone. Some of the common culprits include: stress, life experiences, trauma, and upbringing.
Stress, especially prolonged stress, is the most common factor in developing an anxiety disorder. Often suffering stress for an extended duration of time can cause anxiety to persist even after the stressors are behind them. Life experiences can also forge an anxiety disorder.
Poor socialization or bullying can aide in the development of a social phobia. Traumas may lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder or other anxiety disorders. Emotional changes, such as moving from a well-loved or the death of a loved one may result in an anxiety disorder. Finally, abuse can result in an anxiety disorder.
Whatever the cause of an anxiety disorder, a Miami doctor at Dayton Medical Center will be committed to helping our patients put it behind them.